It’s almost comical how perceptive women are to their husband’s flaws. “You really shouldn’t eat that. You’re getting a beer belly, and you haven’t worked out in weeks.” A patient husband might accept the nagging, while another might not be afraid to point out that his wife isn’t exactly the same size she was on their wedding day either.
It’s too bad we’re so good at holding others to higher standards than our own. We expect better behavior from spouses, children, siblings, coworkers, friends, and pastors than we expect of ourselves. When they don’t live up to our expectations, we sometimes even call them out.
We’re not the only ones suffering from this hypocrisy disease. After King David killed off his mistress’ husband, the prophet Nathan visited him and told him a story. The fictional story was of a wealthy man who killed another man’s only lamb. David failed to see that the story referred to him, and his response was all too familiar to our own in this type of situation: “David burned with anger against the man and said to Nathan, ‘As surely as the Lord lives, the man who did this deserves to die! He must pay for that lamb four times over, because he did such a thing and had no pity’” (2 Samuel 12:5,6). Ouch. Wrong answer, David.
Thanks to Nathan, David eventually learned his lesson, and it’s a lesson for us too: don’t set the bar so high for others when you can’t even make it over the bar yourself.
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